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Evaluation is a process, discipline, and, in some cases, an intervention in and of itself. It entails the systematic application of social science research to plan for and learn about the impact of policy, performance, programs, or initiatives in order to create, further, or sustain social change. The policies, performances, and initiatives being evaluated are called evaluands. Evaluation is performed in sociopolitical environments and political influences, and their implications must be considered throughout the process.

From struggles to provide quality education and public health, to environmental dilemmas, societies across the world face issues that often require planning, policy, and subsequent action to address. Unfortunately, strategies often do not obtain the desired effect because projects are not implemented as planned, policies are disconnected from the communities they ...

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